Bishop gives Hillmorton garden his blessing

Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth re-dedicated the garden
Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth re-dedicated the garden
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After 18 months in the planning, the refurbished memorial garden at St John the Baptist church in Hillmorton has finally been completed.

The Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth visited on Sunday to re-dedicate the garden, which now has smooth turf, a dignified stone wall and an accessible footpath, along with three benches for visitors to sit on and spend time in reflection.

The plans took shape during public consultation with people in the church and community, especially those who already had loved ones’ ashes buried in the existing area. The money was raised through regular coffee mornings held in Rogers Hall, as well as a grant made by the Hillmorton Charities Association. The benches have been donated by local people.

The vicar of St John’s, Rev Margaret Simmons, said she is delighted at the completion of the garden, which will continue to provide a final resting place for those who want to be near the church, as well as a quiet spot to appreciate both the beauty the place and the special memories.